K-9’s Trusty Nose Leads to Wolfeboro Suspect’s Capture
WOLFEBORO — Police used a K-9 to track down a man accused of fleeing officers and then breaking into a room at a local motel.
At 4:30 a.m. Dec. 11, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle driving at high speeds in the area of Morrissey’s Front Porch.
The driver of the vehicle, later determined to be Scott Sanborn, of Wolfeboro, failed to stop for the officer and made an abrupt left turn down Cove’s End Road, stopped the vehicle on a resident's lawn, and “bailed” from the vehicle, police said.
The officer radioed into Wolfeboro Central Dispatch for back up and several officers from Wolfeboro and Alton’s police departments responded, including K-9 Riggs and his handler Senior Patrolman Mike Strauch.
After approximately 90 minutes K-9 Riggs tracked Sanborn to a room at the Lake Motel in Wolfeboro.
Sanborn, during his time on the run, jumped into several bodies of water before breaking into one of the motel's rooms, police said.
“This is really good teamwork and showcases just how well our Police and Central Dispatch work together in a high-stress situation,” said Police Chief Dean Rondeau in a prepared statement. "Wolfeboro Central Dispatch was able to follow the officer's circumstances and get the appropriate resources to the right location in a timely fashion to make this arrest happen.”
At the time of the stop, Sanborn's license was suspended for a previous infraction and at least one hypodermic needle (believed to contain methadone) was found inside the vehicle, police said. Police impounded the vehicle and applied for a search warrant.
Two other occupants of the vehicle have not yet been charged.
Rondeau said one of the passengers was completely cooperative, but the other will likely face charges of possession of drugs and obstructing government operations.
Police charged Sanborn with driving while intoxicated (second offense), speed, possession of drugs, transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle, driving after suspension, disobeying a police officer, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, negligent driving and obstructing governmental operations.
Because he had jumped into the water in the cold conditions, Sanborn was taken to Huggins Hospital for evaluation and treatment, police said. He is still receiving treatment and was bailed from Huggins Hospital and scheduled to appear in Ossipee district court Dec. 20 at 8 a.m.
The incident is still under investigation. Sanborn could face additional charges once the vehicle is searched. The case will be referred to the county attorney’s office for indictment, police said.
The Wolfeboro police officer who called in for backup, “earns high marks for keeping his head and requesting the proper backup while maintaining the integrity of the scene-this was well done all the way around,” Rondeau said. He also gave thanks to the Alton Police Department, Wolfeboro Central Dispatch, Belknap County Dispatch, and Huggins Hospital.